Red Dead Redemption 2 is an action-RPG set in one of the most complex and believable open-worlds ever seen. Rockstar has built a deep set of systems and mechanics that governs how it all works. Wrapping your head around it all can a little confusing though, and even dozens of hours later you’ll be sure to be stumbling on new things you didn’t know were possible.

Here we’ve got the best tips and tricks we wish we’d known before we started playing RDR2. We have tried to keep this guide as spoiler-free as possible. No story elements are spoiled in these tips. However, commonplace gameplay elements will be discussed. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Tips and Tricks – Spoiler-Free

Tips and Tricks to Make Sure You Never Lose Your Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2

Throughout your many hours in Red Dead Redemption 2, your steed with become your most trusted ally and best friend. In Red Dead 2, a bond between horse and owner must be built up, unlocking new abilities and getting the best out of your four-legged friend. Carelessly lose your horse and all that hard work is gone.

Here are some handy tips to make sure you never lose your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2:

Make your horse look unique. It sounds obvious, but in a world without cars, there are a lot of horses. Being able to quickly tell which horse is yours in RDR2 is an absolute godsend. Getting on the wrong horse can be a crime and can put a bounty on your head

Whenever you buy a horse, you will be able to customise it for a few bucks. I made my horse’s mane black and its tail white. He was the only two-tone horse around and it made it easy to pick out my horse in a crowd.


Guide to Bonding With Your Horse in RDR2

While you can find any old nag in Red Dead Redemption 2 and call it your own, whichever horses you do choose you will need to spend time bonding with. A top ip is that that bonds can be formed through grooming, feeding, calming, or riding a horse. Improving the bond upgrades the horse and also unlocks new abilities.

  • Horse won’t run so far when scared
  • Improved speed
  • Improved health
  • Improved stamina
  • Great whistle range
  • Quicker response speed
  • Better terrain navigation
  • Horse rearing skill
  • Skid turn skill
  • Sideways walk skill

How to Fast Travel in Red Dead 2

Practically every open-world game has fast travel. Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t like other open-world games. The vast majority of travel will be on horseback, but there are also stagecoaches and trains that act as taxis across the massive map. This will only allow you to get to major towns though, and then it’s back on your horse for the rest of the journey.

However, fairly early in the game, you will discover an optional upgrade for the gang’s camp. It doesn’t explicitly provide a guide for how to use Fast Travel in RDR 2 though.

The upgrade adds a map to the side of Arthur’s wagon in camp. Simply go up to the map and use it and you can fast travel to all previously discovered major locations across the world. The one downside is you won’t be able to fast travel back, but the return journey is the perfect time to hunt some deer or crocodiles to feed the camp.


How to remove your bounty in Red Dead Redemption 2

If you are spotted committing an illegal activity and are reported to the authorities, you will have a bounty placed on your head. Your wanted rating only applies to the area in which the crime was committed. Open up the map and there’s a red circle indicating areas in which you are wanted.

Should you wish to go into areas in which you are wanted, you have two options:

  1. Pay off your bounty. Head to a post office and talk to the clerk. You can pay off one or all of your bounties at any post office. The greater the severity of your crimes, the higher your bounty will be.
  2. Change your appearance. Lawmen operate using a known description of your persons. Changing your clothes, hair, beard, or wearing a mask or bandana will make you more difficult to identify.


Guide to Red Dead 2’s Honor System

As you do any activity in Red Dead Redemption 2, your actions will influence a global Honor system. this will affect how Arthur interacts with the world and its inhabitants and, in turn, how they react to him. 

For example, behave dishonorably and the townsfolk will become more fearful, making it easier to rob them. However, they will be less willing to engage with Arthur. 

The Honor system can have repercussions to the overall plot, as well as change Arthur’s journal entries and even affect the music used.

Little Honor Up and Honor Down icons will appear on the right-hand side of the screen every time you commit an act which affects your Honor rating.

The Honor rating appears in a bar at the bottom of the screen when you press down on the d-pad.


Tips on Tracking Animals Successfully in Red Dead Redemption 2

While Red Dead 2 comes with a fairly lengthy tutorial on hunting, it still only covers one way of doing things.

All of the game’s 200+ animals have unique behaviours and will roam distinct areas of the map. Look at an animal through your binoculars and hold R1 to identify it and add it to both your map and your glossary. This will help you know where to look if you need to find that animal again.

Within the animal glossary (accessible from the Progression menu), RDR2 keeps track of all animals, where they’re found, and what weapons they should be hunted with. You could use a shotgun on a deer, for example, but it would cause a great amount of damage to the carcass and decrease the value of the pelt. A bow is the most effective way to take down a deer, while a Varmint rifle is perfect for rats, squirrels, rabbits, etc.

In general, aiming for the head or neck will grant the highest chance of a Perfect quality animal pelt. Using Dead Eye to slow down time and plant multiple shots in these areas is the best way to take down larger beasts quickly and effectively.

Arthur does give off a scent which animals can smell and it’s stronger if he hasn’t washed. The scent is a whispy trailer that drifts in a wind direction from Arthur’s body. For most animals, this doesn’t matter. However, for Legendary Animals you will need to track them and get close. Make sure you are downwind so your scent is being blown towards your prey.


How does the Dead Eye system work in Red Dead 2

Dead Eye is a slow-motion aiming system that allows Arthur to select several targets and then take them down in a hail of gunfire.

Red Dead Redemption 2 makes quite a few key changes to the Dead Eye slow-motion aiming system seen in the original Redemption. Arthur’s Dead Eye ability can now be upgraded through use, unlocking various new perks. We won’t spoil these perks here, but suffice to say the starter version of Dead Eye is the hardest to use.

By default, Dead Eye paints targets. The first upgrade allows you to guide Arthur’s aim and manually select each shot you will fire by pushing R1, providing much more control when taking on multiple targets. Our best tip is to use Dead Eye regularly so you can upgrade to this point as quickly as possible.


Trick to make money quickly in RDR2

Money can be quite hard to come by in the early stages of Red Dead Redemption 2. The most reliable method is to loot any enemy you kill and sell their belongings or donate it to your camp. The items are often far more valuable than the actual cash you’ll find on the bodies.

As well as this, another quick tip for Red Dead 2 is every time you head to a major town or your camp, make sure you kill a few animals along the way. Their carcasses and skin can be sold for a quick buck.

Another great way to make cash in Red Dead Redemption 2 is to rob places, whether that’s stores or houses. Be warned that if caught this could increase the bounty on your head. There are also robberies occasionally available in your camp with select characters. These are quick missions and yield profitable returns.


Guide to the Best Camp Upgrades to Unlock in RDR2

Once you get a few hours into RD: Redemption 2, you’ll encounter the camp ledger. This keeps track of all camp donations and also provides a list of camp upgrades that can be bought. The gang’s money or your own cash can be spent on these upgrades, and more unlocks are added as you progress through the story.

Early on, the fast travel unlock should be a top priority as this allows Arthur to fast travel to any previously visited location.

Secondly, make sure you upgrade the food supplies early. This will mean Arthur and the gang have access to more nourishing meals at camp and means you shouldn’t have to worry too much about eating while exploring. The camp meals only replenish every couple of in-game deals, but whenever you’re back in camp it’s worth taking a nap and having a meal before you head out.


How to save in Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 autosaves fairly regularly while exploring, although autosaves appear to much less frequent during missions. If you quit the game mid-mission and come back, you may find you have to start the mission from scratch.

There does exist a method to manually save in Red Dead 2 though. Open up the main menu and select ‘Story’. Within here there is an option to manually save your Red Dead Redemption 2 game, with slots for a dozen or separate save game states, as well as your current autosave. You can also load saves from within this window.

First-person Mode Tips and Tricks

Just like GTA 5 on PC, Red Dead Redemption 2 ships with a first-person mode. Pressing the View button on the Xbox One controller or the touchpad on the PS4 controller will allow you to play RDR2 in first-person.

For the most part, playing in first-person actually makes Red Dead Redemption 2 more difficult. However, for any gambling activities or games such as Poker, Blackjack, and Dominos, a nice trick is to play in the first-person mode as you won’t need to hold R2 to look at your cards/dominos.


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